4-H prepares middle school students to step up to the challenges in their community and the world. The 4-H mission empowers youth to reach their full potential, working and learning in partnership with caring adults. The 4-H vision includes a world in which youth and adults learn, grow and work together as catalysts for positive change. This club meets monthly to perform service projects and have fun!
The content of 4-H programs focus on science, engineering and technology; healthy living; and citizenship. These subject areas provide a framework to organize and focus program development, management, and implementation strategies.The 4-H program is based on a proven experiential learning model that creates an educational climate through planned learning by exploring, doing, and receiving feedback. They also work directly with LSU Ag Center’s 4-H University, a summer program that prepares and promotes high school students for college living.
The PFTSTA Academic Games club began in 2005. Students compete in Equations, On-sets, Linguishtiks, Presidents, and Propaganda in the Jefferson Parish League. The Jefferson Parish League is a member of the Academic Games League of America (AGLOA) which holds national tournaments every April. Students must compete at all five Jefferson League tournaments in order to be eligible to compete at nationals and must rank in the top of their division.
PFTSTA’s Academic Games club meets after school twice a week for practice and instruction. Students must maintain an overall C average and attend more than 50% of the practices in order to compete at the tournaments. All students in grades 6th through 12th are invited to join. Visit http://agloa.org/ for details about the individual games. Club dues are collected at the beginning of the year and members of the Academic Games club are required to participate in fundraisers to help pay fees for games and tournaments.
Art Club meets every other week throughout the year with the exception of holidays and various scheduled days. Members of art club will participate in various art, craft and design activities. Art Club is open to all PFTSTA students and faculty, you do not have to be in an art class to join art club. We are a light hearted, social group of creative makers.
The Patrick Taylor Band meets after school on Mondays and Wednesdays and is open to all experienced band students. Performances include the winter and spring concerts, pep rallies and the school Mardi Gras Parade. Selected students also have opportunities to participate in the district's Honor Band and Jazz Band, All-State Band and Jazz Band, as well as the Superintendent's Music Festival. Please contact Mr. Hagen at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in joining us.
Black Student Alliance (BSA)
The BSA was formed so that students would have a time and place to congregate where all students are welcome to come learn about and discuss current events and issues facing the black community (which may well affect other minority groups and how they relate to society at large) in our city, state, and country in a safe and respectful manner. Future plans include yearly service projects, guest speakers, and at least one field trip per year to learn about local black culture and its contributions and impact on the New Orleans Metropolitan Area. Coach Banks serves as the club sponsor.
This high school club was created in 2007 and is sponsored by the school’s librarian, Elizabeth Kahn. Tenth-Twelfth grade students are invited to join weekly book discussion every Monday in the library during lunch. Students meet to talk about their favorite books, authors and trends in literature. Highlights of the year include helping the librarian plan for special activity weeks and special events as well as meeting authors face to face and virtually. All readers welcome.
Bookmarked Jr. Edition
This club was created in 2016 for the 8th graders because their lunch schedule did not coincide with middle school. It is run in the same way as Bookmarked, but 8th and 9th graders are invited to meet weekly at lunch. All readers welcome.
BRiMS (Books Rule in Middle School)
This group was created for middle school students in February 2012 by the school’s librarian, Elizabeth Kahn. Students in grades 6th – 7th are invited to join Ms. Kahn for a monthly discussion of a pre-selected book or genre or a talk with an author. The meetings are held in the library usually during the last week of the month, during lunch. The meeting schedule and list of books for the year can be found on the library’s website. At each meeting, a snack is served and students engage in a lively book discussion. No experience is necessary, just an interest in good literature. All readers welcome.
The purpose of the PFTSTA Cheerleader Squad is to uphold school spirit, develop a sense of good sportsmanship and encourage enthusiasm of spectators at athletic events. They also serve to positively represent Patrick F. Taylor Science & Technology at school and throughout the community.
Chi Alpha Mu
(CAM Creative Adventures in Mathematics)
The PFTSTA Chapter of Chi Alpha Mu was granted its charter in Fall 2014. The goal of Chi Alpha Mu is to encourage all Taylor students to improve their mathematical abilities, appreciate the power of mathematics, and enjoy the beauty of mathematics. Students in 8th and 9th grades can join CAM if they have a 3.5 average in their previous Math courses and are currently enrolled in Algebra I or Geometry. They must be recommended by a Taylor mathematics teacher. Chi Alpha Mu students attend Mu Alpha Theta general meetings and participate in the mathematics activities and competitions. The expectation is that Chi Alpha Mu members join Mu Alpha Theta once they are eligible.
Students take part in the LSU Coastal Roots Program to learn about and become environmental stewards of their natural resources. Students maintain a seedling nursery on school grounds planting the trees on a yearly field trip to our restoration partner.
The mission of Patrick F. Taylor Science and Technology Academy Tiger Elite Dance Team is to render service to the school by promoting school spirit at various school and athletic events.
Dance team members must exemplify high standards, have high morals, and integrity. Each girl will be expected to conduct herself as a respectable young lady, whether in or out of uniform.
The dance team will provide students with an opportunity to develop dance skills, confidence, and leadership skills in a positive and safe environment. The dance team is open to middle and high school girls and we practice every Tuesday during the season from 2:45-4:45.
Established in 1909, State Rally is an educational institution in Louisiana. High school teachers recommend one student per course to participate in competitive testing. District Rally is held in the spring at a Louisiana University. Students who place first, second, or third in their division are invited to participate in State Rally in in the spring at LSU. PFTSTA participated in Rally for the first time in 2009 as a Division IV school.
The Environmental Club is open to all students in grade 9-12. The purpose of the Environmental Club is to increase awareness of the relationships between human actions and our environment, educate the school community on steps that can be taken to improve our local environment, and to encourage environmentally conscious habits.
In order to participate in any sports including cheerleading and dance, students must meet academic requirements of JPPSS and LHSAA guidelines for eligibility. Tryouts are open to all present and entering students of Patrick Taylor High School who are academically eligible, and have good attendance and discipline records. Additional information may be found in the athletic handbook or at:http://www.patricktaylorathletics.org/
Film Production Club/Taylor Tube
The Film Production Club is open to students in grades 9-12 who are interested in any aspect of film-making. The purpose of the club is to give students a creative opportunity to express themselves by writing, acting, directing, and working film equipment. This year the Film Production Club will re-introduce Taylor Tube, a monthly student news video highlighting current and upcoming school events in our school community. All Taylor Tube videos are created by students and posted on Vimeo. Acting and anchorperson roles are open to students at all grade levels.
In the Genealogy Club, students will use online resources to trace the lineages of historical figures, celebrities, and/or their own families. Members will learn a number of research skills including the following: locating and interpreting primary sources such as census records, military records, and naturalization documents; creating pedigree charts; filling out research logs; and using family history software. Members will also have the opportunity to participate in volunteer work by transcribing/indexing records before they are made available to the public! The Genealogy Club is open to students in grades 8 - 12.
Graphic Design/MakerSpace Club
Designers, inventors, and tinkerers are welcome. The high school Graphic Design/MakerSpace Club is for those students in grades 9-12, who are interested in using technology to create. Students will have access to state of the art hardware and industry standard software that will allow them to design and “make” almost anything. The club currently has access to a variety of 3D printers, iSense 3D scanners, an Epilogue laser cutter, Vinyl cutters, Arduinos, Raspberry Pis, and MaKey MaKeys, as well as the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Premiere, Dreamweaver, etc.)
The Health Club is open to students grades 9-12 with the goal of promoting health related issues that are relevant for the students. In addition, the club will promote healthy activities for the school community. The club meets every other week during lunch in Dr. Worthylake’s room.
The HOSA club (Health Occupation Student Association) is a national student organization. HOSA’s two-fold mission is to promote career opportunities in the healthcare industry as well as to promote community service for health related community organizations. This year we will be competing in academic and applied medical events at the HOSA State Leadership Convention. Preparing for and entering the competitions will be a new adventure for our club, and one that we are excited to explore!
Key Club International is the high school organization sponsored by Kiwanis International. Key Club assists Kiwanis in carrying out its mission to serve the children of the world. High school student members of Key Club perform acts of service in their communities, such as cleaning up parks, collecting clothing and organizing food drives. They also learn leadership skills by running meetings, planning projects and holding elected leadership positions at the club, district and international levels.
All high school students are enthusiastically encouraged to join us.
MATHCOUNTS is a national enrichment club and competition program that promotes mathematics achievement at the middle school level, grades 6-8. One of its main goals is to inspire excellence, confidence and curiosity in middle school mathematics. With the leadership of the National Society of Professional Engineers at local and state levels, MATHCOUNTS provides today’s students with the foundation necessary for success in science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers. By participating in MATHCOUNTS, Taylor students work together to solve problems and learn that academic competition can be quite fun as well as challenging!
Mission Ignition is a high school program started by the United Way of Southeast Louisiana and two New Orleans area Charter Schools. The mission of the program and of the student board is to make service fun and engaging for high school students by turning it into a competition and encouraging a sense of community while inspiring philanthropic lifestyles that transcend graduation requirements.The students participate in multiple community service activities throughout the year, and help put on Mission Ignition service events. Mission Ignition's main service events take place in the spring semester as a competition between High Schools to see who's school can complete the most service hours. All students are encouraged to participate in the service events whether they are a member of the group or not.
Mu Alpha Theta
The PFTSTA Chapter of Mu Alpha Theta was granted its charter in Spring 2009. Mu Alpha Theta, the National High School and Two-Year College Mathematics Honor Society, is dedicated to inspiring a keen interest in mathematics, developing strong scholarship in the subject, and promoting the enjoyment of mathematics in high school and two-year college students. High school students who have completed two or more courses in a college preparatory mathematics sequence and are currently enrolled in a higher level mathematics course at our school are eligible for full membership in the Patrick F. Taylor Chapter of Mu Alpha Theta provided (1) they are recommended by their mathematics teachers and (2) their high school mathematical work was done with distinction. On the 4-point grading scale, this means at least a 3.25 grade point average on qualifying mathematics with no grade lower than C on the official high school transcript. Students who are new to Taylor must meet these requirements plus complete at least one qualifying mathematics course with distinction at Taylor. To maintain good standing and graduate with MAO honor cords, members must participate in MAO activities and competitions, as well as complete at least one honors level mathematics course each year with a grade of C or higher.
Our chapter's mission is to encourage Taylor students to improve their mathematical abilities, appreciate the power of mathematics, and enjoy the beauty of mathematics. All Taylor high school students are welcome to attend Mu Alpha Theta general meetings. Students in Algebra 1 or above are encouraged to participate in the mathematics competitions and tournaments that take place at various schools across the state throughout the school year, whether they are members or not. (These are announced in Paw Prints and by our mathematics teachers.) Students in Geometry or higher level math courses may participate in the Louisiana Mu Alpha Theta State Convention in the Spring, provided they have competed in at least three tournaments during the school year. We are proud that students from our school have served on the executive state board as Mu Alpha Theta District II Governor every year since 2013.
TThe Multicultural Club promotes awareness and appreciation to students about various cultures and encourages diversity in a safe environment. Last year, the Multicultural Club sponsored “Culture Day,” which allowed student to dress in traditional clothes of their culture. They also had an International Food day where members of the club brought cultural dishes and shared with others. The Multicultural Club meets on Thursdays during HS lunch. In meetings, members play games to share their culture, talk about issues that are faced for being from a certain country or looking a type of way, and are educated about how things are celebrated differently within different cultures.
National Art Honor Society
National Art Honors Society is a place to inspire and recognize students with outstanding ability and keen interest in the visual arts. With a focus on school and community service through art, National Art Honors Society gives students opportunities to collaborate and create. NAHS is open to high school students. Student not currently in talented art may apply. See Mrs Faucheux for details.
National English Honor Society
The National English Honor Society is an organization open to students in grades nine through twelve who excel in the area of English and reading. The Patrick F. Taylor Chapter invites students once a year on the basis of their achievement of a 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale in their English classes. Student must also submit an essay detailing their interests in the English Language Arts. The organization participates in tutoring, community service, and other activities.
National Honor Society
The charter for the PFTSTA Chapter of the National Honor Society was granted in 2007. The purpose of the school’s chapter of this national organization is to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. Students in grades 10 through 12 are invited to join NHS after the fall semester. They must have a 3.5 grade point average on a 4-point grading scale. The students are asked to complete an information form detailing their leadership and service activities in and out of school. The faculty is asked to report on the character of each student. An induction ceremony for new members is held yearly in the early spring along with induction of new officers. Once students become members, they must keep their academic standing as well as engage in 50 hours of community service each year that they are members of NHS. Service is a major component of NHS activities. Officers will plan monthly activities for members to volunteer in the community or within the school and NHS members are often asked to help tutor younger students. The librarian, Elizabeth Kahn, is the chapter’s faculty adviser.
National Junior Honor Society
The National Junior Honor Society gives recognition to middle school students who show outstanding characteristics in scholarship, leadership, service, and citizenship. In addition to recognizing students, the club helps members further develop traits in these key areas through active involvement in school activities and community service. New members are inducted into the organization during a ceremony held in the spring. Once accepted into the National Junior Honor Society, students must attend monthly meetings and then complete ten community service hours during the academic year. The club officers plan and enact service projects both inside school and in the community.
The National Junior Honor Society participates in school and community service projects. In the past few years, members of National Junior Honor Society have created ornaments and decorated the Patrick F. Taylor school tree in Celebration in the Oaks at City Park, participated in the Patrick F. Taylor Open House, which is hosted for prospective students, and completed a walk on the bayou to raise money for charity. The PFTSTA chapter of NJHS is continually looking to expand and develop new ways to service our school and community.
Club Advisers: Amanda Ingargiola and Kiley Rogers
No Place for Hate
No Place for Hate is an organizing framework for schools committed to creating sustainable change that leads to improved school climate. Participating schools are able to incorporate ADL’s (The Anti-Defamation League's) anti-bias and anti-bullying resources with their existing programming to form one powerful message that all students have a place to belong.
The goal of No Place for Hate is to inspire a national movement led by students and educators who are committed to using the power of positive peer influence to build inclusive and safe schools in which all students can thrive. Currently, PFTSTA’s chapter of NPFH is open to students in grades 9-12. The club is sponsored by Dr. Lockett.
Each semester, we field a team of up to eight middle school students who have demonstrated experience in robotics. In the fall, we compete in the First Lego League. In the spring, we compete in the World War II Museum's competition.
Each year, we field a team of 10 high school students who have demonstrated experience in robotics. We participate in the FIRST Tech Challenge which invites students to design, build, program, and operate robots in a head-to-head challenge in an alliance format.
SAFE is a club that promotes understanding through communication. The Club members discuss, debate, and present political and social issues surrounding the LGBT community and its allies.
School Climate Club
PFTSTA’s School Climate Club works to promote a positive school environment. Climate Club members attend district workshops in the fall and spring which allow for them to meet with students from other schools and create action plans to help meet their goals for each year. The School Climate Club also works with the PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) team to help them determine effective methods to improve the school climate. High school students are encouraged to join, however, we will limit the club to 20 members to allow for all students to attend the district workshops.
Students in 9th-12th grade have the opportunity to prepare projects for submission in the Greater New Orleans Regional Science Fair. Categories and documents are located at http://gnosef.tulane.edu.
Participation requires prior approval from Mrs. Godshaw. Students who completed an excellent Independent/Honors Research Project completed in an Honors Science course are encouraged to participate. Students with a desire to develop a project with a Science department faculty mentor, and who are willing to commit the time and effort to complete a project, are also encouraged to participate.
Mrs. Godshaw meets with students during school hours to prepare a competitive display for the Regional Fair held at Tulane in February. Participation in the Regional Science Fair provides an excellent opportunity for developing science skills, networking, and earning recognition and awards at State and International Science Fairs.
Los Tigres Blancos (Spanish Club) (Club de Espa ñ ol)
Join us in the Spanish Club. This club is open to all students that have completed Spanish 2. We read articles, short stories, watch TV shows and movies, listen to songs and radio programs and talk about many interesting current topics.
Acompáñanos en la reunión del nuevo Club de Español (Los Tigres Azules). Este club está abierto únicamente a los estudiantes quienes han completado el curso de Spanish 2. En este club leeremos artículos y cuentos cortos, veremos programas de televisión y películas, escucharemos canciones y programas de radio y conversaremos sobre diversos temas actuales.
Student Government Association
SGA is here to create a safe space for students to come and share their ideas in order to strengthen the school community. We wish to promote leadership, camaraderie, and school spirit throughout the Taylor Family. HS SGA is happily responsible for all HS Dances (excluding Prom), Fall Fest, the annual talent show, pep rallies, and various spirit weeks (Back to School, Homecoming, SGA). With the help of our faculty, staff, parents, and students, we hope to bring even more school spirit and pride to the Taylor community!
Any high school student who wishes to be a part of student government, but not hold an elected office, can participate as a general member. All SGA members (general and elected) are expected to pay an annual fee of $20 (which includes a club t shirt depicting the theme for the school year) by the Friday before Labor Day. Meetings are held once a week during lunch and attendance is mandatory.
In the Spring, rising Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors elect class presidents and vice presidents for the following school year. Those same students elect an executive board which consists of a student body president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and parliamentarian. Any high school student interested in running for an elected office must file an “Intent to Run” form with the SGA adviser. Students who meet the qualifications on the “Intent to Run” form will be informed by the adviser, and then will attend a mandatory campaigning meeting. After a short campaigning period, speeches will be given and elections will be held. A run-off will only take place in the event of a tie. Qualifications to run for an elected office and remain in office include (but are not limited to): holding a minimum 2.0 GPA (unweighted), no D’s/F’s or referrals on record, not on academic/behavioral probation, maintain academic honesty and uphold TIGER ideals, adhere and follow the school code of conduct, actively participate in SGA activities and meetings, and maintain good character. Any concerns with meeting or maintaining these qualifications will be at the discretion of the school principal.
Students are encouraged to participate in middle student government. SGA is responsible for planning all student-related activities including dances, pep rallies, and spirit weeks.
At the middle school level, students are elected from each grade to serve as representatives; there will be as many representatives per grade level as study halls in that grade level. Any middle school student interested in running for student government must submit their intent to run form with the SGA adviser. Students who meet the qualifications on the “Intent to Run” form will be informed by the adviser. They will need to prepare a speech as to why they should be a class representative. There is no campaigning allowed for middle school students running for student government. A run-off will only take place in the event of a tie. Qualifications to run for an elected office and remain in office include (but are not limited to): no D’s/F’s or referrals on record, not on academic/behavioral probation, maintain academic honesty and uphold TIGER ideals, adhere and follow the school code of conduct, actively participate in SGA activities and meetings, and maintain good character. Any concerns with meeting or maintaining these qualifications will be at the discretion of the school principal.
The student-led news team/filmmakers club, Taylor Tube, is currently overseen by HS SGA. Our videos offer recaps and announcements of past and future Taylor events, as well as giving students an opportunity to hone their creative and unique talents in writing, directing, acting, set design and costuming, filming and editing, etc. Membership is open to all grade levels. Students who wish to be part of the cast, crew, or writing team of Taylor Tube do not have to be members of SGA to participate. New and "throwback" videos can be found by searching "PFTSTA" on Youtube.
Yearbook club takes pictures of school events and creates the yearbook. Yearbook club is open to high school students and will meet twice a week during study hall. See Mrs Faucheux for more details.
Youth Alive exists to promote the spiritual and social life of students by presenting a message of hope. It shall provide opportunities for discussion, fellowship, and sharing God's Word, and for growing into a strong Christian witness. The club is evangelistic and service-oriented, striving to develop a community of support and encouragement. High school students meet during their lunch period once a week - day is determined annually.